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Our Actors are Awesome!

All our actors are natives of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. They all have lots of experience in both theatre and working with children as well as a burning desire to bring quality theatre in English to the far flung corners of the earth. A gallery of photos and biographies can be found below.

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Paolo Abbate

Born in Washington D.C., this strapping lad began acting in hospital at the age of three days when he changed cots with another baby for an extra round of breastfeeding. Since then he has had a dazzling career, stunning crowds at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Community Center and the Fairfax County Agricultural Fair. Fame forced him to flee the maddening crowds of star-starved American groupies, to a more sober life among the pastoral people of the Iberian meseta. Somewhere along the line he picked up a degree in English literature, as well as completing acting school. He has been in Spain almost 10 years acting in Spanish companies as well as teaching English. In 1997 he founded Up Front Theatre Company in Valencia with Stephane Shaw, performing theatre for English learners throughout Spain. After more than 500 successful shows with Up Front, they have started a "new improved"company called Face 2 Face, based in Madrid.

Peter Bottley

Training: Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Peter is also an active member of the National Youth Theatre.

Credits: A Christmas Carol — National Tour (Quantum Theatre), Writing on the Wall — National School Tour (Quantum Theatre), Moments — The Pleasance (Ride The Wave TC), A Midsummer Night's Dream — UK and Ireland Tour (Quantum Theatre), The Reluctant Dragon — UK and Ireland Tour (Quantum Theatre).

Michelle Botwood

Michelle graduated from Montfort University with a BA (Hons) in performing arts in 2006 and has been acting professionally ever since. Before coming to Spain, Michelle has performed in Germany, Holland, Japan, Canada and the UK. This will be her third year with Face2Face.

Anna Marie Burslem

Anna Marie hails from Glasgow but moved to London to train at Drama Studio. Roles in training include; Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Natasha in Three Sisters. She has a lot of experience in children's theatre and has completed three pantomime tours where she always seemed to end up playing the character with an attitude problem! Thanks to her MA Hons. in French and Spanish, Anna Marie has had the pleasure of teaching French and English in the UK, France and Nepal. She loves to bring all forms of her theatrical energy to children's education. Anna Marie has enjoyed several roles in theatres across London but her proudest moment to date was to perform and produce a play herself which received critical acclaim. When off the stage she is passionate about getting lost on Scottish hillsides, her local boxing gym and cannot wait to explore all that Spain has to offer.

Beth Cohen

Beth is half English and half Australian. She studied Music and Drama in Manchester, England, and has been working with F2F since 2004. When not acting, Beth likes to play flamenco guitar and take her horse, 'Garbancito', to El Rocío.

Andy Glaysher

Andy was born in Spain, and carried out his secondary and university studies in the United States. He founded and directed the Open Air Players, a classical theatre company that performed works by Shakespeare and other classic playwrights out in the open air, where there was typically no theatre. He's also worked extensively with other theatre companies and schools in Wisconsin, USA. He returned to live in Spain ten years ago to work with Face 2 Face, after his dear friend Trevor Van Galder had the brilliant foresight to introduce him to Stephane Shaw.

Since then he's watched how the company's grown with his invaluable contributions of ideas and good deeds. For the last 5 years he's been working in the most prestigious theatres of Madrid. Other interests include oil painting and playing the drums.

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Melanie Greaney

This is Mel's first F2F tour, about which she is immensely excited and can't wait to get stuck in. In the words of Busy Bee "If I knew you were coming I would of worn my wings".

Melanie Trained at Colchester Institute (CIU) and The London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT) Theatre credits : Postcards from the seaside (Tour), Aladdin (UK and Ireland Tour), Robinson Crusoe (Tour), Bare (Union theatre), Carnival (Bridewell Theatre), Mr Christmas (LSMT studios), Colder than Here (LSMT studios), Sideshow (Swinburne Hall), Teechers\ Stags & Hens (Headgate Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre), Footloose (Mercury Theatre), Secrets every smart traveller should know (Headgate Theatre), I love you, you're perfect, now change (Colchester Institute).

Concerts: 'An evening with Charles Miller' (Battersea Barge), Songs (The Reading Rooms). Television: Harold Shipman (Channel 5 Documentary).

Thomas Hassell

Tom has always been a child at heart, he studied theatre in Stratford Upon Avon where he learnt to love the arts, especially comedy and improvisation. Through university he found himself in the heart of children's theatre where he felt he definitely belonged. Being the youngest on tour he still has that bottled up youthful energy ready to burst for a fun crazy spanish tour. Tom is really happy that he has become part of face2face's team. So happy he might explode!

Lisa Krosnicki

Lisa Krosnicki is from Wisconsin where she studied and graduated with a degree in Theatre Performance. While at university Lisa further developed her talent with Open Air Players, acting in classical plays in nontraditional, urban and rural settings. Before working with Face2Face Lisa lived in Chicago, acting with companies like Shakespeare on the Green and Redmoon Theatre. Lisa is a Montessori, AMI trained teacher, ages 3-6, with over 15 years of experience in children's theatre. Lisa is the coordinator of Face2Face Summer Camp, an English-emersion theatre camp for kids, ages 5-16. You might remember Lisa in memorable rolls like, ''Lucy'' in Drocula, ''Dr. Frankenstein'' in Monster Madness and ''Mrs. Vandermorgan'' in Titanic, amongst many others. She is currently in Line by Israel Horovitz at Teatro Off de La Latina.

John Lowery

John first got into acting when he saw Indiana Jones and told his Dad "I want to do what he does", "what, archeology?", he said, "NO, ACTING!"

He has been performing since an early age, from Shakespeare to musical theatre. He got his first professional acting break when he became a member of the National Youth Theatre at the age of 15, and from there went on to performing shows in the West End and National Theatre. He fell into children's entertainment when he was performing Shakespeare in Leicester and was spotted by the owner of Drayton Manor Theme Park. He was introduced to performing shows, workshops and general entertainment for kids and family in the Thomas the Tank Engine Land. Alongside his new found kids entertainment career he worked as a recording artist in London writing, performing, and releasing singles on iTunes.

He has now found Face 2 Face and is looking forward to his sunny future in Madrid!

Lauren Newman

Lauren graduated from the University of Chichester where she studied for a First Class BA in Musical Theatre. She has been performing in English national pantomime tours and more recently spent a year performing in Greece. In her spare time she likes to teach Zumba, dance Salsa and be a Disney princess. Lauren is a real life explorer and loves to travel the world. She is the tallest of this years actresses! Her credits include: Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (M&M Theatrical Productions), Fairy Godmother/Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella (M&M Theatrical Productions), Sophie in Mamma Mia (Mitsis Blue Domes Productions), Ms Harcourt in Anything Goes (Uni Chichester Tour) and Leading Player in Pippin (Uni Chichester).

Grace Nicholls

Grace was born in England, where her career began, starring alongside and directing her helpless little brother and sister in the crazy Christmas plays she wrote as a child! Since then, she has trained in Musical Theatre at the LSMT, Arts Educational Schools London and Read Dance and Theatre College, also picking up a BA (Hons) degree in Spanish, French and German somewhere along the way. As well as acting and speaking languages, she enjoys teaching English, singing, dancing and playing the guitar. Before starting with Face2Face at Summer Camp 2018, Grace had performed in pantomimes, musicals, workshops, Shakespeare plays, cabarets, concerts and short films in the UK and Spain, most recently touring with Rainbow Theatre Company and Tepsis Producciones. She is very excited to be touring with Face2Face this year and bringing together her loves of theatre and education!

Lorena Olivella

Madrid born, London raised, trained in Rose Bruford College and CSSD in London and La RESAD in Madrid. She has acted with companies from The London Bubble to The Royal National Theatre.

Her love of circus, music and immersive performance took her travelling on tours acting to audiences across Europe and backpacking across Asia.

Spanish sun brought her back however, Kung Fu & guitar in hand, coupling her passion for performing and learning, Lorena is delighted to return to Face2Face.

Thomas Shah

Tom graduated from ArtsEd London with an MA in Acting for stage and screen in 2014 and has been acting professionally ever since. Before coming to Spain, Tom performed in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the U.K. This is his first year with Face2Face.

Stephane Shaw

Born in Paris, raised in London and resident in Spain for the past eight years this true European has been working in theatre for many years. After studying at Oxford University he moved to Spain to impart his inexhaustable knowledge of the English language to Spanish students of all ages. He was soon snapped up, however, by an English speaking touring theatre company (Moving Parts) and hasn't looked back since. Over the past five years he has worked with various professional English-speaking theatre companies. This invaluable experience was to be of great help in founding the company Up Front Theatre Company in 1997 which toured Spain for three years creating an excellent reputation for itself. He has now moved back to Madrid to embark on yet another project: Face 2 Face Theatre Company.

Demi Teager

Demi graduated from the University of Essex with a First Class BA degree in Drama. During her degree she performed in 'Othello' as Desdemona and spent a year training in Theatre in Education. She is experienced in short films, street theatre, Shakespeare and theatre in education. Since graduating, Demi moved to London and has been busy performing as Princess Fiona at Shrek's Adventure London and is now looking forward to her first acting tour abroad in Spain and learning the Spanish language!

Tonya Walton

Tonya has a BA in Drama, Theatre Studies and Spanish, with further training from SOTA and The London Actors Workshop.

She has performed in shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Musical Theatre and TV & Film.

Tonya returns to Face2Face for a second year, having just finished playing Cordelia and The Fool in King Lear, for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.

Adam Weymouth

Adam graduated from Bath Spa University in England with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. He then travelled around South-East Asia where he immersed himself in the culture for five months. After returning, Adam has now moved to Madrid for his first acting role with Face 2 Face Theatre Company and is excited to learn about the culture and language. Adams hobbies include video games and extreme sports such as snowboarding, skiing and skydiving.